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Sep Studio 4™

Preparing Files with Photoshop

Properly saving files for Spot Process (sim process) separations using Adobe Photoshop will make separations easy and predictable. Once you follow this process you’ll be producing great separations faster and better than ever.

Learn by watching the video, or review the written transcript. If you still have questions submit a tech ticket, or reply back to your technician in an open ticket.

Video Transcript

Separation Studio 4™ has two distinct color separation engines to handle different styles of color separations. Let’s learn how to save files for Spot Process Sim Process separations using Adobe Photoshop. Saving a file in the RGB mode using the TIF or PNG format will automatically open the file into the Spot Process side of Sep Studio 4. From Photoshop first set the color mode to RGB then choose Save As, save the file in either the TIF or PNG format. These are preferred formats because they both support transparency.

We’ll go ahead and save as both options for this discussion. First we’ll save as a TIF, Alpha Channels and Layers checked or unchecked does not negatively alter the result. Next we’ll choose LZW compression because it’s a compression format that does not damage the file and saves on hard drive space. You can also choose None. Never choose JPG or ZIP compression. Only the compression and transparency settings need to be addressed. All other settings have no effect. Finally make sure “save transparency” is checked and then click save.

Now we’ll save as a PNG. We’ll go back to Save As, and choose PNG as the Format, then click save. In this option window choose none for both compression and interlace. Click OK. Our file opens as expected with a transparent background. Lets open the print commander.

Sep Studio automatically nested the separation to save me film. Choose print to send the separation directly to your inkjet printer. Simple as that.

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